|The Mattel Aquarius Computer System|
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Mattel Electronics by 1983 Decided the need a "REAL" computer as a "Big Brother" to their
Intellivision gaming system, so they went to Radofin who was already making the
Intellivision for them. After the fiasco with the Intellivision Computer component, the
launched the "Aquarius". The Aquarius WAS state of the art in 1970, too bad this was 1983.
It was only shipped for 4 months under the Mattel logo and only (reportedly) in the US and
U.K. Some reports say there was less then 8,000 units shipped, making it a rare computer
Not much is really known
about the fate of the
Aquarius after Mattel
discontinued shipping, but
a few "Non- Mattel" units
have surfaced on E-Bay. They are identical units in every way, except that there is no "Mattel logo
on the unit or anywhere in
the manual or box, and
the box is multi-lingual.
The best authorities on the net about the Aquarius is The Blue Sky Rangers website at
www.intellivisionlives.com. (the Blue Sky Rangers are the original programmers for the
Intellivision.) Not too many peripherals are know too exist. 2 Printers were produced, a
thermal printer and a color dot matrix. A 300 baud Modem was created as a Cartridge. And
various Games, Like Tron, Night Stalker, Snafu,
Astrosmash and Utopia,
But in order To Play games, you had to have had
the Mini-expansion unit. There also was a hard drive/ Floppy Drive unit. Called the Aquarius Master Expansion Module, but it is unknown if Radofin ever produced any. The Non- Mattel
instruction manual makes a very clear reference to
it, but So -far none have seemed to have surfaced.
Mattel Also published reference to a Aquarius 2 unit with 20
K of Ram and a better keyboard, but it is unknown if any were made by Radofin.
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